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Pegasus Corporate Culture Award for Fill

Gurten-based machine engineering company awarded with prize for company culture at the Pegasus awards ceremony in Linz. Company founder Josef Fill honored for life’s work.



Josef Fill receives the crystal Pegasus
statue for his many outstanding
services to economic activity in Upper

Fill was the star of the awards ceremony for the 16th Pegasus Economics Prize at the Brucknerhaus on June 16th in Linz. The Gurten-based family business was awarded with the special prize in gold for corporate culture. Company founder and former Official for Economic Affairs in the Provincial Government of Upper Austria, Josef Fill, was honored shortly before his 70th birthday for his life’s work.

“We greatly appreciate being awarded with the Pegasus. This prize acknowledges our company philosophy, which is based on such values as fairness, safety, and harmony”, explains Managing Director Andreas Fill. The deciding factor in awarding the prize to the Innviertel machine builder was the company’s outstanding performance in the field of corporate culture. 86 percent of employees would recommend working at Fill to a friend. They are proud of their company and appreciate the excellent working environment and social engagement of their employer.

A Philosophy Lived

The “Gurteners” convinced the Pegasus jury of the sustainable effect of their measures in the form of a 28-page special edition of the employee newsletter. The Pegasus Economics Prize pays tribute to outstanding individuals and projects that have had a particularly positive impact on the Upper Austrian economy. “The showpiece projects should be motivational and encouraging for all employers in the federal state”, emphasized laudator Member of the Provincial Government Viktor Sigl at the ceremony. The Pegasus is Fill’s second award for outstanding corporate culture in little more than six months. In November 2008, the Innviertel machine manufacturer was runner-up at the Upper Austrian Family Oscar Awards.

Josef Fill honored for life’s work

The second time the name “Fill” was read out at the Pegasus Awards was for company founder and former Official for Economic Affairs in the Provincial Government of Upper Austria, Josef Fill. Shortly before reaching the age of 70 on July 16th, the native South Tyrolean was awarded with a crystal Pegasus for his life’s work. The qualified mechanic went into business for himself in 1966 and developed his operation in Gurten into a successful company. For ten years, the father of three was also head of the Ried Chamber of Commerce. From 1991 to 2000, Fill was a Member of the Upper Austrian Parliament, before being promoted to the Official for Economic and Tourism Affairs in Upper Austria. In 2004, the “political father of the Geinberg Spa” in the Innviertel region retired from politics.


Managing Director Wolfgang Rathner and the double award-winning Fill family: Marianne and Josef with the crystal Pegasus; Bettina and       Andreas with the gold Pegasus for corporate
culture (from left).

The 16th Pegasus Awards

The Pegasus Economics Prize is sponsored jointly by the Oberösterreichische Nachrichten (a local newspaper) and the Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich (a regional bank). It pays tribute to the most successful businesses in the federal state of Upper Austria. At the gala night in the Linz Brucknerhaus, statuettes were awarded for the 16th time.

Corporate Data

Fill is a leading international “idea factory” in its field of activity of complex production systems designed for the most wide-ranging of applications and branches of industry. The company excels in the use of the latest technology and methods in management, communication, and production.

Business operations encompass the automotive, aluminum casting, plastics, timber, and ski and snowboard industries, as well as metal cutting technology and special machine construction. The company is the global market leader in ski and snowboard production machines and aluminum core removal technology.  Andreas Fill and Wolfgang Rathner are joint CEOs of the company founded in 1966 that is still completely family-owned. The business became a public limited company (GmbH) in 1987, obtained ISO 9001 certification in 1997, and now employs more than 400 staff. In 2008, turnover exceeded 60 million Euros for the first time.

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